Full Statute Name:  Vernon's Annotated Missouri Statutes. Title XVII. Agriculture and Animals. Chapter 273. Dogs--Cats. Local Option Dog Tax.

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Primary Citation:  MO ST 273.100 Country of Origin:  United States Last Checked:  January, 2015 Alternate Citation:  V. A. M. S. 273.100 Date Adopted:  1939
Summary:

This Missouri statute provides that every city or town marshal of every incorporated city or town shall seize and impound all dogs found running at large without collars around their necks.  These dogs will be kept for a period of one week after which they shall be put to death by humane methods.  The statute further states that any marshal who shall fail or refuse to take up and impound any such dog shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction thereof fined not less than five dollars nor more than twenty-five dollars.

Statute Text: 

1. Every city or town marshal of every incorporated city or town in this state, within their jurisdiction, shall take up and impound in a suitable place, the location of which place shall be given by a notice posted in some conspicuous place in his office, all dogs found running at large in their respective cities or towns without collars around their necks, marked as herein provided, and they shall keep such dogs for a period of one week, and at the expiration of such period shall put such dogs to death by humane methods.

2. The owner of any such impounded dogs, upon the payment of the tax herein provided, and a redemption fee of five dollars, may redeem such impounded dog and the city or town marshal shall be permitted to retain the sum of two dollars out of each redemption fee so paid, and shall pay over the balance of the fee on the first day of each month to the treasurer of the county in which the city or town marshal has jurisdiction, to be accounted for by the treasurers in the same manner as they are required by sections 273.040 to 273.180, to account for licenses taxes.

3. Any marshal who shall fail or refuse to take up and impound any such dog shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction thereof fined not less than five dollars nor more than twenty-five dollars.

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(R.S.1939, ยง 14554. Amended by 1949, S.B. 1097.)

 

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